HMA v Rameez Hamid

At Glasgow Sheriff Court today, 17 May 2018, Sheriff Alan Mackenzie sentenced Rameez Hamid to 3 years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to embezzling more than £51,700 while working at Santander Bank.

On sentencing, Sheriff Mackenzie made the following statement in court:

"You have tendered a plea of guilty to a charge of embezzlement, committed during your employment as a tele-relations adviser with Santander Bank.

Between 3 June 2014 and 2 February 2015, existing bank customers disclosed confidential banking and security details to you during legitimate telephone calls. Acting along with others you devised a fraudulent scheme to open new bank accounts in the name of existing bank customers, transfer funds from existing accounts into new accounts and then remove the funds that had been transferred. You succeeded in embezzling a total of £51,706.88.

Criminality of this sort, committed by a bank employee, involves a grave breach of trust

I have listened to all that has been said on your behalf in mitigation. I recognise that you are a 31 year old family man with no previous convictions whose career is now at an end. I recognise that a custodial disposal will not only impact upon you personally but upon your wife and young son.

I consider that the gravity of your offending is such that no disposal is appropriate other than a lengthy custodial one. Had the matter proceeded to trial I would have considered that a sentence of 4 years’ imprisonment was appropriate. As you tendered a plea of guilty some time in advance of the trial so that witnesses did not need to give evidence and court time is freed up, I will restrict this to a period of 3 years’ imprisonment.